TSSAA to add 12 inductees to Hall of Fame

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:50pm
Staff reports

The TSSAA announced Tuesday that 12 people have been selected for induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

The 2011 class includes long-time TSSAA Executive Director Ronnie Carter, who retired last year after serving 25 in the post, along with long-time contributors Jean Griffith (wife of former Overton Coach and ’01 inductee Tommy Griffith) and Larry Taft, both of Nashville.

Ceremonies will be held April 9 at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.

Jean Griffith has worked numerous TSSAA events, which include golf, track and medal presentations. Taft was a long-time preps reporter The Tennessean, where he currently serves as sports editor. He also served as TSSAA media relations director for 16 months.

Also named for induction: Robert (Bud) Raikes, who served as Smyrna High football and basketball coach before becoming principal at Smyrna for the past 37 years; O’Neal Hanley, long-time Jackson North Side girls basketball and football coach; Tommy Layne, long-time Whitwell basketball and football coach; J.C. Campbell, who served 41 years as football coach at Hampton; Johnny Morgan, teacher and coach for 34 years at McMinn Central; Gary Rankin, whose football teams have won nine state titles (four at Riverdale, five at Alcoa); the late Jake Rudolph, who coached football at MUS for 39 years; Don Lady, who was baseball umpire for 40 years; and Don Sutton, an official in baseball, basketball, football and volleyball for more than 30 years. 

2 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 2/16/11 at 7:47

Sounds like getting into the TSSAA Hall of Fame is largely political. Jake Rudolph and Gary Rankin certainly got in on their own merits.

By: courier37027 on 2/17/11 at 5:25

History will determine Carter's legacy. Right now may be too soon to realize full fallout from the Brentwood Academy case that went to Supreme Court. I don't know about eight or nine football clasifications, and the financial aid versus non-financial aid schools split as being good for high school athletics. C'mon man, eight or nine state champions?